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- Object: Traditional hairdressing
Pottery tableau; hand-modelled and painted. Two female figures depicted during traditional hairdressing. One figure sits on rectangular bench dressing the hair of second figure seated with legs bent on grond below. Both figures wear dresses. Small vessel and comb on bench to right of seated figure. Details of hair on both figures incised.
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Height: 24 centimetres
Width: 15.50 centimetres
Depth: 18 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Reuben Ugbine is mainly known as a wood carver. He uses iroko and ebony and hHis works are often highly stylised. His clientele comprises both locals and foreigners. He has exhibited widely both within Africa and outside.
Interview with Reuben Ugbine, 1 September 2018:
"I made it [pottery tableau of traidtional hairdressing] as a record for posterity: one of a variety of figurines showing different aspects of social life - what you see as you pass by the roadside - Nigeiran daily life."
"This is the traditional way ladies make their hair. Traditional hair plaiting is getitng lost, women use wigs and weaving. They are not as dextrous as they used to be."
"I prospect clay from the bush and I process it, ?ironise it to make it stronger. I use natural paint colours and a few acrylics, making my own paints. Most colours I get from the earth."
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 31 August 2018
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased from the studio of Reuben Ugbine in Benin City during a visit in September 2018.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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